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Aging

The physical body is set on a course to be used up. Like a car it rolls off the assembly line bright and shiny only to begin its trek toward the junkyard. We don’t normally contemplate the aging process which begins at conception because it is a downer, but Paul contrasts it with what is happening on the interior, in our spirit. We are being renewed daily. His reference is to the metamorphosis that Romans 12:2 speaks of. We are being conformed to the likeness of the Son, Romans 8:29. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:16) For most this is a slow process, and we can become impatient with it, but Paul encourages us to “not lose heart.” Whatever your problem, pain, or perfection consider the fact that your morality hides the eternal life within you. One day you will be free of your decay and step into a new world, bright, complete and eternal. In light of this aging process, how are you…

Transformed to Jesus' Image

"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?" The Evil Queen in Snow White sought acknowledgement from the magical mirror of being the number one beauty in the kingdom. But she found out that she was not, and it led her to evil acts that made her much uglier than she was. Even at the best, her reflection was marred by the distortion of the gold plate into which she looked. Paul made a comparison when explaining the difference between looking into the Law of God and looking into the face of Jesus. Moses had spent time with God creating the Law and when he came down the mountain his face shone, so he hid it with a veil. In this way the people never saw God's glory fade from Moses' face, only the final result of him getting back to "normal" after he stopped wearing the veil. This, Paul said, was a foreshadowing that the Law could not sustain the glory of God in human life. He said we have something better now, "But we all, with unveiled…